Here are six simple examples of the “eco-luxe life” – ways in which we can all be zero-waste activists without being deprived of simple pleasures.
Replace your disposable items – plastic bottles, paper napkins, plastic grocery bags, disposable coffee cups etc – with reusable options. Make a kit that includes a reusable water bottle and coffee cup, cotton bag, stainless steel drinking straw and a spork and take it everywhere.
Food sits in our landfills and emits toxic greenhouse emissions, so set up a composting system that works for you. This might be as simple as contributing to a compost bin in a community garden. Sharewaste.com is a website that shows where you can find compost bins in your area.
Scour the outer aisles of supermarkets, where the package-free food is found, or at bulk stores. Not only is this better for the planet, it’s also a healthier option.
Used is Good
Make second-hand your first choice. Look in local thrift stores, eBay and Gumtree, and check with neighbours, friends and family.
Be Mindful of Your Time
Eliminate unnecessary engagements from your calendar. While money is a renewable resource we should not waste, time can never be regained.
By seeing how amazing Mother Nature is, we appreciate that every step, no matter how small, is important in helping our planet.